Feb. 3, 2007
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The UC Santa Barbara women's tennis team, playing with four newcomers among its six singles players, opened the 2007 season with a 6-1 win over visiting Santa Clara on Saturday.
The Gauchos earned a hard-fought doubles point in a sweep and then took five of the six singles matches. All four players making their UCSB debuts won, including freshmen Carina Bjornstrom at No. 1, Tova Hausman at No. 4 and Asagi Onaga at No. 5. Junior Marta Simic, playing No. 2, also won. One of two returnees, Chartlotte Scatliffe at No. 3, was also a winner.
"Every played solid," said Gauchos head coach Pete Kirkwood. "I was really pleased with our freshmen at No. 1, 4 and 5. They were nervous at the start, but they fought through it and played with intelligence and focus. It was a very good first match for all of them."
Kirkwood was also pleased with the debut of Simic, a transfer from Broward Community College in Florida.
"Marta gutted it out," he said of her 7-6, 7-5 win at No. 2. "She needed a tiebreaker to win the first set. She is so competitive and wanted it so bad, she was not going to be denied.
Five of the six singles matches went just two sets. Scatliffe needed three sets to defeat Santa Clara's Lindsay McBride at No. 3, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
"She really fought back in her match," said Kirkwood of Scatliffe's victory. "Winning third sets is one of the goals we have set for ourselves this year and Charlotte did a great job to win hers today."
UCSB returns to the court on Thursday, Feb. 8 when they host another West Coast Conference opponent, St. Mary's, in a 1:30 p.m. match.
Results No. 73 UC Santa Barbara 6, Santa Clara 1
Singles No. 1 - Carina Bjornstrom (UCSB) d. Casey Knutson (SCU) - 6-4, 6-2 No. 2 - Marta Simic (UCSB) d. Myra Davadi (SCU) - 7-6 (3), 7-5 No. 3 - Charlotte Scatliffe (UCSB) d. Lindsay McBride (SCU) - 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 No. 4 - Tova Hausman (UCSB) d. Erika Barnes (SCU) - 6-4, 6-3 No. 5 - Asagi Onaga (UCSB) d. Stephanie Galainea (SCU) - 7-5, 6-4 No. 6 - Kim Daniel (SCU) d. Brittany Kausen (UCSB) - 6-0, 6-0 Doubles No. 1 - Simic/Scatliffe (UCSB) d. Knutson/Barnes (SCU) - 9-8 (8-6) No. 2 - Bjornstrom/Hausman (UCSB) d. McBride/Davadi (SCU) - 9-7 No. 3 - Kausen/Onaga (UCSB) d. Daniel/Galaianea (SCU) - 8-5 Order of singles finish: 6, 1, 4, 5, 2, 3